This presentation is for anyone and everyone. Not only is it ideal for those who have direct responsibility for integrating Health and Safety best practices into management structures, but as occupational health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, employees at all levels will benefit from this presentation. Best practices in health and safety is not just a legal responsibility through the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, it is also an ethical and moral obligation.
“GRAHAM have been aware of and utilised the services of James for a number of years now, and have always found him to be engaging, inspiring, frank, and impassioned.
His drive in sharing his story to prevent others suffering a similar injury is highly commendable.
His most recent keynote talk to our entire Interior Fit-Out Division hit home to every single person in the room, and there is no doubt it will encourage an even greater attention on safety as we continue our drive towards eliminating harm.”
“The most powerful speaker and presentation I have ever seen, his communication technique is extremely simple and it is ‘from the heart’. I attended both the morning and evening presentation and was equally enthralled by his presentation due to the reality of his situation.
Through James’s presentation he is able transport his audience to the place and moment of his accident and the after events particularly when he was in hospital, in physiotherapy and his life on getting out of hospital including the impact of the accident to everyone around him including his close family.
James speaks candidly about his accident, his thoughts, his actions on the day and his in-actions on the day and what could have prevented the accident. He does a fantastic job with simple interaction practices and engages all that listen to him through an ‘open forum’ presentation that allows those persons attending to ask and answer questions.”
– Jimmy Savage, EHS Manager, Winthrop Engineering Ltd
“We had the pleasure of hosting James Gorry on our Project in Sweden, James delivered a powerful presentation to our site workers highlighting the hard hitting reality of how a life changing injury can completely alter even the simple things we take for granted on a daily basis.
Many of the workforce required translators for their native language and having James there in person you could see the message was not lost on them. James is a down to earth guy and had great patience allowing our translators communicate his story, it was certainly a great asset to have on any project to help bring the safety culture to another level. Regardless of our background, job or work environment we can all take inspiration from James and his experiences”
“Listening to James presentation on health and safety was certainly a thought provoking worthwhile experience for all personnel on the East Anglia One Project. Often we attend health and safety conferences and presentations which fall into the mundane, however I can confirm few came close to the level of insight which he holds on the matter. Providing information to us in a personnel, intimate manor not only highlighted the importance of health and safety to us but also struck a chord with us in that we could see that James was indeed just a normal worker like any of us whose life changed as a result of a work place accident. As he says himself “One person injured at work is too many”
“I’d like to thank you for your powerful keynote speech at our annual Safety, Health & Wellbeing Conference in Dublin this week.
You are a genuine inspirational speaker, who reached every single person in the room. In sharing your personal experience you covered a broad range of key safety messages and delivered these fluently. It was amazing to hear you talk about a very serious subject and expertly transition back and forth between solemnness and humour, which served to emphasis your sincerity while enhancing the overall experience for the delegates. In the days leading up to the conference date, we discussed the themes of the day and I asked if you could incorporate these where appropriate in to your speech. You did this perfectly and the standing ovation you received at the end speaks volumes.
You are undoubtedly saving lives every time you speak to people about safety at work and I wish you all the best.”
“I thought James’s presentation was very hard-hitting, yet not so sensationalist as to make it unrealistic for the lads on the ground. Speaking with many of our employees after the presentation, they were questioning why he made the choice to take the risk on the roof that day. The very fact they are thinking and talking about this means that they will second guess their own choices, if there is an element of risk in them. I think James’s experience will be there in the back of their mind for a very long time. “
– Jenny Shanahan, EHS Officer, Winthrop Engineering Ltd
“Thank you for 6 amazing talks here in our Vision care site. The feedback has been phenomenal to say in the least and your story really seems to have resonated with people and got into their hearts and minds. Your messaging has made a difference and we are very grateful for that.”
“James delivered a compelling and engaging story which resonated with all our construction workers and management.
We felt his story has most definitely helped with our continued journey towards a more enhanced safety culture environment thanks to James.”
“As a company we complete weekly (and more often if required) safety talks, tool box talks, we stand site personnel down on sites, we take disciplinary action and yet we still encounter on-going problems with health & safety breaches. From myself and after speaking to some of our site personnel listening to James’s story how his life and the life of his family changed for ever is both sobering and drives home why health & safety rules and regulations exist. I would like to think that there will be an improved awareness of the severity of what we do on a daily basis as going to work one morning and never coming home the same again is life changing.
James did drill home the real message on how important health and safety is and one mistake or taking that chance can change your life for ever. “
– Tommy Jones, Mechanical Supervisor, Winthrop Engineering Ltd
“James Gorry attended the eir Networks Safety Conference on Friday 09th October 2015. James spoke with absolute honesty & clarity about the consequences of his life-changing accident for himself and his family. James’s story had a powerful impact on our audience of over 200 eir frontline managers and now they have a renewed appetite for making the right choices about safety for themselves and their team.”
“We recently presented a “Townhall” style meeting to the entire workforce of the Mate Hospital Construction site, to mark the achievement of 1.000.000 accident free man-hours on the site. At the conclusion of that occasion we asked James Gorry to present and describe the devastating consequences of his workplace accident to those present.
“James speaks with a natural charisma about his accident, the things that could have prevented it and the very real and ongoing consequences of the injuries he suffered. Over a number of days, approximately 800 of our workforce experienced Jame’s talk and were strongly influenced by his story. I would highly recommend James as a motivational safety speaker to any company wishing to promote safety awareness within their supervision and workforce.”
“James Gorry’s presentations were excellent and left a lasting impact on the personnel that attended. James spoke about the difficulties and adjustment required to his personal life after his accident which really sent a message to site personnel about the need to maintain a focus on safety in the workplace. I would certainly recommend James’s presentation to other clients.”
“James Gorry was keynote speaker at our global annual safety awards and his presentation was powerful and heartfelt. He captivated the audience with his personal story of what it’s like to live with the outcomes of a preventable industrial incident each and every day. As a company, safety is our priority and I have no doubt that it had a lasting impact on everyone in the room. I would have no hesitation recommending James as an excellent safety speaker.”
“In terms of impact – staff, and operatives on site are still talking about how they have changed the way they think about how they work, 12 weeks after James’s presentation. His messages hit home which is testimony to the fact that he speaks from the heart.
On the day James was professional, and above all approachable, he gave his time generously at the breaks to folk that surrounded him wanting to hear him.
I have been to many health and safety seminars and conferences before James Gorry’s Health and Safety presentation, but I had never been in an auditorium of over 400 construction personnel, from tea boy to director, and witnessed their attention so captivated by the speaker and his subject, you could hear a pin drop.”
“James’s presentation was ‘ thought provoking’ and ‘ honest’. James brought a fresh sense of reality to the consequences of an everyday decision.
James’s style made sure that the audience was engaged at all times
– Enda Cullen HR Development Manager, Winthrop Engineering Ltd
“James was a tremendous asset to our company’s first Health & Safety stand down day, he was both engaging & informative enabling an extremely serious and emotive subject to be discussed whilst captivating an audience of almost 400 personnel with humour and sincerity.”
“Jim Gorry’s presentation at our recent Health & Safety seminar really struck a chord with all of our employees and will live on in their minds for a long time to come. It was precisely what we were looking for, “a lasting impression” that would continuously help people to remain focused on their work, with the view that their place of work would be a much safer environment. Thanks Jim and well done.”
“Jim, It was a pleasure meeting you this week,
The courage you show and the power in the delivery of your presentation is something that I was very proud to have witnessed. I have for a long time attempted to deliver a serious message regarding working at height and the consequences of your actions, this was it.
I saw that every member of my team (190 people) were affected by your story and as it is so close to home for all of them, I know You have made that difference.
One of the questions asked yesterday was about are there any positives coming from your injury?
Your actions this week have saved someone’s life, the life of someone in my team.
I see no bigger positive that saving someone’s life, so I thank you.”
“Each year we put our Construction workforce through a “Stop 4 Safety Day” involving a variety of sessions. Jim recently ran one of these sessions sharing with the group details of his accident, injuries, how his life has changed and his personal views on safety at work. It was without doubt the most powerful session we have done in 6 years and the feedback from the workforce was emotional but extremely positive, I’m convinced it will change the behaviour of the workforce and improve the safety within a large manual workforce population.”
“On behalf of Patrick Lynch Ltd. many thanks for all your time and effort in delivering your agenda yesterday. It was very well received and greatly appreciated and really hit home the reality of having an accident and living with it. Many thanks for this forgotten insight and keep up the good work.”
“James is a pleasure to work with and his presentation style is both engaging and thought provoking. By sharing his own personal experience of how being injured at work drastically changed his life, James challenges delegates to realise the consequences of how their families’ and own lives would be impacted by an accident at work. Experiencing James’ personal journey is an effective tool to drive home the message of why fostering a positive, proactive culture to personal safety in the workplace is of paramount importance both for the organisation and employees.
I would urge organisations in any sector to invest the time to allow their employees to experience James’ story and then to reconsider and challenge their own beliefs and understanding of safety at work.”
“Recently James presented his story to a large contingent of engineers and construction workers as part of a half day safety event held on site. Having attended one of his presentations, I was truly impressed by the manner in which he presented his story. It was honest and from the heart, and was memorable to say the least. It is not often you can relate to the consequences of accidents even though the incidents may be well presented.”